Civilians, soldier among 14 killed in firing incident in Nagaland's Mon; CM announces probe

Civilians, soldier among 14 killed in firing incident in Nagaland's Mon; CM announces probe

As per the Assam Rifles' statement, one soldier died and some others suffered severe injuries in the incident.

Fourteen people - thirteen civilians and a solider - died in a firing incident between Oting and Tiru villages in Nagaland's Mon district on Saturday evening, Superintendent of Police Imnalensa confirmed.

According to an official, a group of daily-wage labourers from Oting village were returning home from a coal mine in a pick-up van when they were allegedly shot at by security forces. Local sources said that volunteers from the village had gone searching for them as they had not returned for several hours and found their bodies in the van.

In anger, the locals reportedly set two vehicles belonging to the security forces on fire.

The situation is now under control and police is conducting spot verification, the official added.

In an official statement, Assam Rifles said a specific operation had been planned in the area "based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents".

"The incident and its aftermath is deeply regretted. The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated at the highest level and appropriate action will be taken as per the course of law," the statement added.

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As per the Assam Rifles' statement, one soldier died and some others suffered severe injuries in the incident.

A police official said that the operation was conducted based on inputs on the movement of militants of the Yung Aung faction of proscribed outfit NSCN (K), which is based in Myanmar. Mon shares a porous international border with Myanmar, the police officer added.

Reacting to the incident, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said it was "highly condemnable" and a "high-level" special investigation team would probe the case to ensure "justice is delivered". He appealed for peace from all sections of society.

The CM, who was in Delhi for a meeting with defence minister Rajnath Singh, has rushed back to Kohima to hold an emergency meeting on the incident.

Nagaland Governor Jagdish Mukhi issued an official statement saying that a special investigation team to probe the firing incident had been constituted."SIT shall investigate the incident from all angles," the official statement said.

A court of inquiry has also been instituted against the army personnel involved, the governor said. He appealed to all citizens to maintain peace.

Union home minister Amit Shah also tweeted on Sunday morning to express his condolences to the families of the deceased.

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